Rumor: Apple Watch 2 to be announced this fall, Apple keeps expectations in check

Rumor: Apple Watch 2 to be announced this fall, Apple keeps expectations in check
Taiwan-based publisher DigiTimes reports that the successor to the Apple Watch is likely to be announced some time in September or October this year. The claim is based on reports that the company is stepping up orders for parts from its component suppliers. However, in light of the slowdown in global smartwatch shipments in Q2 2016, Apple is reportedly being “rather conservative” with its orders, knowing that it would be hard to replicate the furore that was generated with last year's launch.

Strangely enough, the same source last month reported that orders for the upcoming smartwatch have been “higher-than-expected”, citing sources from within Apple's supply chain, who claimed that an estimated two million units of the new timepiece could be shipped monthly.

Although DigiTimes has proven itself as a “hit-or-miss” source for tech rumors, its claim regarding Apple's next smart timepiece seems plausible, given recent developments in the wearables market and what we have been hearing through the grapevine for some time.

The Apple Watch was launched in April of last year, and although it caused quite the stir in its initial launch quarter, interest in the device has waned since then. Marred by less than stellar battery life, the first gen Apple Watch is running on fumes at this point, and needs a refresh. Apple seems to be hard at work trying make a much more fluid and functional OS out of WatchOS 3, and judging by what we've seen until now, it's on the right track. However, even if the updated OS manages to breathe some new life into the aging – by today's tech standards at least – first gen Apple Watch, it won't be enough to rekindle the consumer interest. Apple simply needs to put new and improved hardware on the table – be it in the form of an “S-style” upgrade of the original hardware or an entirely new device – if it wants to persuade us that we want and need its wearables.

If Apple is to announce a new smartwatch this year, it will likely coincide with the unveiling of the next iPhone and the release of WatchOS 3 this fall. Are you looking forward to such an announcement? Do you currently own an Apple Watch, and if the answer is yes, then would you consider upgrading? If not, would consider buying one if it proves to be a significant step forward from its predecessor?

source: DigiTimes

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9 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30960; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gotta see what it looks like first. The current Apple Watch is cool, and Watch OS 3 looks fantastic, but the new Watch needs to look even better, slightly bigger screen too.

2. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

O no, not you again...Lol . Anyway Darkk. I've never owned a SmartWatch, I like the design of Motorola one. But then this is tempting, along with the Gear. Confused of which one to buy...?

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

So you want a 2" screen on the next iWatch? Heck, watchOS 3 has been indeed stellar, I can't wait to upgrade to the Apple Watch2. But I will not get the new iPhones this fall. Will ya?

4. Feanor

Posts: 1346; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

There's nothing cool about the Apple Watch. It's just the general predisposition of people that will buy anything with an Apple badge on it. It's a silly looking watch more akin to a little wrist computer than something that you would seriously consider wearing and it is still one of the very few smartwatches incapable of showing the time at all times and with limited battery life. Apple has to try a lot to improve this mess but considering their conservative approach I suspect that the Watch 2 will be more or less the same mediocrity. ...and please, I don't want to read anymore comments about how much thinner the next Watch should be, watches are no smartphones, they don't need to be thin.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"thin" has become a spec, since last year. :D Deal with it.

7. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Obviously the Apple Watch does appeal to you, otherwise you wouldn't have wasted the time writing what you did.

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The current Apple Watch is like 1.5 years old. I suspect a lot of people didn't buy in the second quarter due to the rumor that watch 2 was about to be released at WWDC or earlier because it had been a year. Also, just last week a report said sales have been steady every since launch. The rumors are all over the place

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30960; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm curious about it big time.

10. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

You've always have been for Apple.

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